Alliance wants town known for having colorful windows

Power of Partnerships Alliance would like to add a new moniker to the town of Front Royal, alongside its current title of “Canoe Capitol of the World.”

Among its plans to increase and enhance tourism marketing, the alliance aims to make Front Royal known as the town with colorful holiday windows.

Ken Thurman, chairman of POPA, said the idea is to paint storefront windows for certain holidays and events throughout the year.

“We have a number of storefronts that are not being used right now,” Thurman said.

This idea, Thurman added, will apply to existing storeowners as well as building owners of vacant stores.

Thurman noted that the town actually had Christmas paintings by area students hanging in store windows during the holiday season.

This project would be different because “the windows themselves would be painted,” Thurman said.

“The idea is that, if we put the paintings in there and change it out for maybe Fourth of July, Christmas and other holidays, that we get known for having colorful windows,” Thurman said.

The plan, according to Thurman, is to work with and involve students from local schools like Warren County High School and Warren County Middle School.

“Basically, what we want is have a contest … which invites the school kids to participate in painting the store windows,” Thurman said.

He said the project is a way for “local kids that are artistically inclined to get out and show their [abilities].”

Thurman added that he would like to get the project launched in time for the Irish Spring Festival on March 7 as well as St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.

At the moment, there have not been any formal discussions between Warren County schools and the alliance. “We have not officially introduced it to the kids yet, “ said Thurman.

He said there is also no official name for the project, but explained that it would work as a “face of downtown, so to speak.”

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